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Windows 7: Purpose of Win 7 backup image?

27 Dec 2016   #1
gini

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1
 
 
Purpose of Win 7 backup image?

Please excuse what may be a naive question! I have faithfully imaged my computer's Win 7 hard drive each week using (alternately) Aomei and Acronis software. I also use Macrium for periodic images on my older laptop and my husband's computer, both of which use Win 7. It seems more than likely now, though, that any computer failure will probably result in the purchase of a new computer, meaning Win 10 will be the OS installed. Would a disk backup image be of any help, or should I focus exclusively now on file and folder backups?


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27 Dec 2016   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Yep a system image probably won't help much unless it's going to the same machine it was created from
All else would be best as copy and paste folders.... to another exterior drive/ disk.
That way it will not only be faster but more relevant backup to transfer to a newer machine.
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27 Dec 2016   #3
gini

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Thanks for confirming my thoughts. I'm guessing that even restoring to another Win 7 computer would probably not be successful, as the hardware is different in each.
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27 Dec 2016   #4
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Shouldn't be difficult. Aomei will restore a system backup to different hardware.
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27 Dec 2016   #5
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Personally i would continue to create periodic backup images on any system that is working well.
There could be many reasons to recover without having to buy a new pc such as:
HD failure, malware/virus, Windows Update problem, New program causes problems, Power Outage, ...
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27 Dec 2016   #6
gini

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Personally i would continue to create periodic backup images on any system that is working well.
There could be many reasons to recover without having to buy a new pc such as:
HD failure, malware/virus, Windows Update problem, New program causes problems, Power Outage, ...
Yes, I know that's true, but my desktop is nearly 6 years old, so I guess I'm anticipating a major rather than a minor problem, one in which a recovery might not be worth the effort. Would sure hate to abandon Windows 7, though!
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27 Dec 2016   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
My Acer is that old and still going strong
As long as the mother board doesn't get whacked it's still a pc with a valid license for the original windows install
Modifing old desktop machine in new case
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27 Dec 2016   #8
gini

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Food for thought!

Thanks for all the comments!
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27 Dec 2016   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
That was my first relocation attempt
Been wanting to do it for years and finally did it was actually pretty easy once I got through the chicken little faze and got help from many other members here on another first build here too
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27 Dec 2016   #10
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Shouldn't be difficult. Aomei will restore a system backup to different hardware.
You can get AOMEI Backupper Professional for free right now till January 1st.

Source: AOMEI backupper Professional Unlimited License Key Valid Til Jan 1st - Windows 10 Forums

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